In the midst of the idyllic Glastonbury Scenery lies Glastonbury Tor; an iconic landmark that bleeds a rich historical background and offers stunning views of surrounding locations including Bristol, Wiltshire, and Wales, to name a few.
Reaching heights of over 500 feet, Glastonbury Tor is one of the most famous hills in the United Kingdom. Whether you enjoy a walk to enjoy beautiful views or you are a history fanatic who wants to learn more about the incredible, and sometimes disturbing past of it, Glastonbury Tor is a quintessential location for anybody who finds themselves in the area.
In this guide, you will discover more about the fascinating history of Glastonbury Tor, learn how you can plan your next visit there, and find out more about what you can do during your trip there.
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Glastonbury Tor: The Rich Historical Background

Considered one of the most spiritual sites in the United Kingdom, Glastonbury Tor has long celebrated pagan beliefs over the years. During the 15th century, the Tor was the location of the two superimposed churches of St. Micheal, where one remains standing today.
It is said that in 1549 the first Earl of Essex, Thomas Cromwell ordered the execution of Aboot Richard Whiting on site. This lends itself to the gruesome historical background of Glastonbury Tor which has attracted the attention of thousands of visitors each year.

The Legend of King Arthur

Glastonbury Tor has also been popularly known as ‘The Isle of Avalon’ over the years. It is thought to be where King Arthur returned after his final battle, where the monks of Glastonbury Abbey are also said to have found his grave at the site in 1911.
Over the years, many archaeologists have developed a keen interest in the location for this specific reason, with many investigations taking place to find evidence of the ongoing legend of King Arthur.

The Iconic Tower that Remains

The striking tower that can be seen from afar on top of the Glastonbury Tor holds great historical significance, being the only standing remains of the 15th-century churches that once inhabited the hill.
Legend says that the churches were destroyed by an earthquake which left the hill to be inhabited by the Romans shortly afterwards. Upon closer inspection of the remaining tower, visitors can view carvings and inscriptions on the outside of the structure, offering an insight into the decoration of the once-standing churches.

The Glastonbury Tor Walk

In order to take advantage of the stroking 360-degree views, visitors of Glastonbury Tor are encouraged to complete the walk to the top of the hill to not only take in the iconic scenery, but to catch a glimpse of the 15th century remains that lay on top of the hill.
The walk itself comprises a steep hill walk which takes approximately 20 minutes to complete, however, this will depend on many factors including speed and weather. For many, the walk is enjoyable and the biggest benefit of it is the breathtaking views that wait ahead.

Access to the Public Orchards

Besides the views on top of the hill, Glastonbury Tor hides four scenic orchards at the base of the hill slopes. Out of the four, the general public are able to access two of these historical orchards and take a leisurely stroll through both of them, taking in the rolling countryside ahead and learning more about the willow arches scattered throughout the grounds.
The public orchards are home to a selection of rare tindor apple trees originating from Herefordshire which were planted there by the National Trust for preservation.

Things to Do Nearby

If you have fallen in love with the Glastonbury Scenery after your trip to the Tor, you may wish to explore more of what the town has to offer and find some more things to do. Glastonbury has much more on offer which includes:
Each location offers a great historical insight into life in the southwest of England, equipped with beautiful views and memorable days out for you and your family.

Are Dogs Allowed At Glastonbury Tor?

Dogs are permitted to accompany their owners on their trip to Glastonbury Tor, however, they must ensure that dogs are kept on their leads at all times, pick up any mess left behind, and keep them close to you. By doing so, you get to keep a visit to Glastonbury Tor enjoyable for everyone.

How to Get to Glastonbury Tor

Glastonbury Tor is located in the centre of Glastonbury with excellent transport links. You can access the location by car with it being less than an hour’s drive from surrounding locations including Bridgwater, Bristol, and Weston-Super-Mare.
For those looking to take public transport, there are local bus and train stations located within walking distance of the location.


There is no designated parking for Glastonbury Tor, however, visitors can park their cars just a 0.5-mile walk from the location by paying a fee on arrival. For blue badge holders visiting, there are two designated parking spaces at the Tor which can be accessed on a first come first served basis on the day of your visit.

Opening Times

Glastonbury Tor is open all year round so visitors are able to access it at their leisure. This allows visitors to walk to the top of the hill at a time to suit them, whether it be to watch the sun rise or set, or to take in the stunning views on a clear, sunny day.
At times, the walking trail will be busier than others, so it is important to bear this in mind when planning your trip.

How Much Does it Cost?

The walk itself is free of charge and can be accessed 7 days a week by the general public, therefore, it creates a great cost-effective day out for the whole family. Whilst there is no cost to visit Glastonbury Tor, if you are accessing it by car, it is important to factor in the costs of parking within the local area. Similarly, if you are coming via train or bus, public transport fees will be applicable.


Glastonbury Tor offers wheelchair access through solid pavement and paths on the walk along with blue badge parking. Although the Tor is deemed as wheelchair accessible, some areas contain uneven terrain and steep inclines which should be factored in before your vist to avoid any disappointment.
If you require assistance, or you have any further questions regarding accessibility, please contact Glastonbury Tor directly and a member of the team will be happy to assist you further.

In Summary

Glastonbury Tor is a fantastic day out for a self-proclaimed history buff or for those who enjoy a walk with breathtaking views. Whether you are coming from afar, or you live in the local area, Glastonbury Tour is an essential hot spot for amazing views of the southwest and beyond.

Apple Tree Hotel

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